Written By: David “DeeJay” Goldman (@DJxGoldman)
After nearly a year of strenuous work and dedication, everything came down to one weekend; 32 teams competed in Orlando, Florida for a piece of the $1.5 million prize pool and the right to call themselves world champions. Although it was OpTic Gaming that would lift the CWL Championship trophy at the end of the weekend, Rise Nation shocked the Call of Duty community with their outstanding performance throughout the entire tournament. Here is a look back at Rise Nation’s run in Orlando.
Starting out in Group D, Rise Nation would begin the tournament with a 3-1 victory against Team Vitality before upsetting the CWL Anaheim champions Luminosity Gaming 3-0. They would end pool play by winning 3-0 against Supremacy, giving them a perfect 3-0 record and a 1st place finish in their pool.
Entering bracket play, Rise Nation would go up against Team Infused who had placed 2nd in Group C. After starting off strong with a win on Retaliation Hardpoint, Rise CoD would go on to lose the next three maps and be dropped down into the Lower Bracket where one more loss would end their tournament run.
Lower Bracket Round 1 would see Rise Nation face off against Str8 Rippin, a team lead by the young duo of Donovan “Temp” Laroda and Brandon “Dashy” Otell. Rise CoD were able to strike first blood in the series by taking the Scorch Hardpoint after a 250-237. They would then go on to narrowly take the Search and Destroy after some very clutch plays by team captain Daniel “Loony” Loza. Like the maps before it, map three would be another very close game, this time with Str8 Rippin winning 8-9 in Uplink. Rise Nation would go on to close out the series and continue on to Saturday with a 250-131 on Breakout Hardpoint.
Rise CoD began their Saturday taking on Team Allegiance, who they would knock out of the tournament with a 3-1 series victory. In similar fashion, they would also go on to knock out Ghost Gaming after a 3-1 series victory securing them a Top 6 finish for the weekend.
In order to further their run and make it to Championship Sunday, Rise CoD would have to go through FaZe Clan. FaZe would win map one in dominant fashion on Retaliation Hardpoint, but Rise Nation would answer back with a dominant performance of their own on Crusher Search and Destroy. Tied at 1-1, Rise CoD would win the Uplink in a very low scoring game to take a 2-1 series lead. With their tournament lives on the line, FaZe would force a Game Five by taking Scorch Hardpoint 250-102. With only one map standing between Sunday or elimination, Rise Nation would clutch up and knock FaZe Clan out of the tournament with a 6-1 victory on Breakout Search and Destroy. Having played a total of five Search and Destroys on Saturday, Rise CoD only dropped an astonishing three rounds in total.
After clawing their way back through the Lower Bracket, Rise Nation would go up against a familiar foe in Luminosity Gaming. After dropping the first two maps in close fashion, the Rise CoD team were able to keep their hopes alive with a 6-3 win on Frost Uplink. Sadly, Luminosity would take the next map and the series, ending their run. Rise Nation would walk out of the Amway Center with $80,000 and a fourth-place finish at the 2017 CWL Championship.
We would like to thank Tyler “FeLo” Johnson, Ulysses “AquA” Silva, Brice “Faccento” Faccento, and Loony for the countless hours of hard work and their commitment to this organization throughout the 2017 CWL. We would also like to thank all of the loyal fans who stood by us all year long. With this season of the CWL in the books, we look forward to Call of Duty: WWII and a return to boots on the ground gameplay.
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by RiseAdmin | 18.09.2017 |